The new major release of BuddyPress, which is codenamed "Lombardi" is out today. It has been over an year since there were any major release and the new release is worth the wait.
The new release contains a lot of improvements and fixes. The main features at a glance will be:-
- BuddyPress components are associated to pages, giving you the flexibility to choose your own url.
- Basic Oembed support inbuilt
- Streamlined API for developers(cool!)
- Updated and Improved Bp default theme(with responsive layout, means It will support the various mobile devices)
- Awesome Installation/upgrade wizard
- and many more.
Let us look at the list of major changes.
The earlier version of BuddyPress supported customizing slugs. You could use one of those BP_COMPONENT_SLUG to customize it. In BuddyPress 1.5, It is no more required(and mostly deprecated). You can change the urls to anything and any level deep from the WordPress Dashboard->Edit Page as shown below. So, Creating the social network as a sub section of wordpress has been made too easy.
Here is the Pages screen of my Fresh Install.
So, what does it means to you ? It is one of the many changes which gives you a lot of flexibility. The only issue you will find is you will need to create a page and associate when using a custom component utilizing root page.
The credit goes to @r-a-y for getting this functionality in BP 1.5. yes, now you can post the media from any of the Oembed supported sites. Here is an example
No avatar Upload on The registration page. It is a welcome change as it has been causing a lot of troubles earlier.
Bp Default Theme:-
- Responsive layout for mobile devices
- Multiple widgetized sidebar( 1 sidebar and 4 in footer)
- WordPress custom menu support
- cooler activity stream
- custom background
I best most of you have already seen it. Still here is a screenshot. Now you will have a nicelooking wizard to guide you step by step when you activate BuddyPress.
If you are a developer, Bp 1.5 brings a lot of things for you. Specially look at the BP_Core_Component class which does all the needed for your plugins. It has never been so easy to write new plugins.
You can look at the complete list of changes here
What It means for Us at BuddyDev.
Since BuddyPress 1.5 is stable now, we feel it the right time to put new plugins. We will have many releases in the coming days. As of the older plugins, all of our plugins (except global forum and BP Chat) has been tested and is compatible with BuddyPress 1.5. I will be updating the individual plugin pages with the new versions today. In the mean time you can download the plugins which required update for Bp 1.5 from here.
We will be relasing an update of our themes(BP Nicey today, BP Mag/CB pro and Cosmic Buddy by the weekend).
Happy social networking and do not forget to thank the core team of BuddyPress here 🙂